"People are good," he said, since "people went to the Temple and did not look at these things, they sought God and prayed ... but they had to change their money into coins to make offers."
Pope Francis said that those who sought to pray at the Temple were scandalized by the corruption of the merchants.
"When those who are in the Temple – be they priests, lay people, secretaries, [...] become businessmen," the Pope said, "people are scandalized."
Laity, he continued, have a role to play in informing their parish priest of things that would cause scandal to others. Speaking on the scandal of "doing business," he criticized wrong Church practices. "How often when we enter a church do we see – even today – do we see a price list hanging there "for baptism, blessings, Mass intentions. And people are scandalized."
"When the Temple, the House of God, becomes a place of business," this too is scandalous.
He clarified that "Jesus is not angry," rather it is God's wrath, because "either you worship the living God, or your worship money" and you cannot serve two masters.
Asking "Why does Jesus have an issue with money?" Francis responded: "Because redemption is free. It is God’s free gift, He comes to brings us the all-encompassing gratuity of God’s love."
So when the Church or churches start doing business, he explained, then it is said that salvation is not free.
Concluding his homily, Pope Francis noted that today's liturgy celebrates the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin in the Temple, and prayed that She "teach all of us, pastors and those who have pastoral responsibility, to keep the Temple clean, to receive with love those who come, as if each one were the Blessed Virgin."